The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Luigi Coppola: 2 Poems Published
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Poems by Luigi Coppola (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 50

 

 

The Rat & The Pigeon Just Before Dawn

 

he doodles up a melting tiger on her fingertips

plums her ear to the rug pissing on a man

as his meteor shrinks against a penny cobweb

just some of all that he doesn't want to say slipping

through his teeth's wire fence down his cherry overalls

mixing with marshmallow roots in a pot of pink sweat,

that swirls the sponge and iron tongue talkin-Stop!

she says Stop! Why this queen dove chat she says

I'm just a pigeon she says and you’re just a rat

let’s just listen to the aurora between us 

 

 

Pronghorn

 

An antilope, its genus

trapped in translation

by scratches and cracks

across its horns.

A false photo of

even numbered toes

that add up odd

as off as white

and off-white.

 

It arches and aims its ears

around the clearing’s curve:

the nod of wild senna

in the clawing heat.

 

Drawn blinkered blind,

it passes an eye:

a black Giotto circle

drawn around the end

of a tunnel that leads

to shots.

 

Still life: trees bent,

bark hung, leaves

pressed on grass,

senna left to stand,

frayed and licked.

About the Poet

Luigi Coppola is a teacher and poet living in London, England. His poems have or will appear in: Anon, Equinox, Fourteen, The Frogmore Papers, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Iota, Lighten Up, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, Pennine Platform, Poetry Digest, The Rialto, THE SHOp and South. He has a website - www.bit.do/luigicoppola - with some of his published poetry.

Image: "Templo y Convento Franciscano, La Santa Cruz" by Catedrales e Iglesias.